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"To the Ends of the Earth"

June 27, 2006

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"You will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be My witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth." Acts 1:8

Jesus commissioned us to be witnesses to Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria, our own cities and towns, and to the ends of the earth. On one hand we say the world is getting smaller with satellites circling the earth and jets crossing the oceans in a matter of hours. What happens in one part of the world is known instantly throughout a vast communication network.

But the world is also getting bigger. Fifty years ago there were just over two billion people in this world. Today there are more than five billion. And only one-fourth of them know, or profess to know, Jesus as their Savior. Christians must be ever more diligent and determined in proclaiming Jesus Christ and His cross. It is to be part of our very nature to herald Jesus and His word of reconciliation to those with whom we live and to those whom we don't know and have never and will never meet. Jesus said, "You will be My witnesses." He did not say "you ought to be" or "you should be," but "you will be." Each Christian, by the power of the Holy Spirit, is equipped and committed to share the love of Jesus with others, at home, in the neighborhood, and across the world.

PRAYER: Send me, O Lord, send me; for Jesus' sake. Amen.

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Today's Bible Readings: 1 Kings 10-11    Acts 8:26-40

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